I love a story about a child discovering the wonder of the beach. It begins “Jamie and the sea are friends. Jamie hums. The waves swish.” She collects rocks, shells, sticks, seaweed and feathers and explores the tide pools creating figures, animals, sand towers and designs from her finds. Absorbed in her pretend world, passersby each question her about what she is making and how long until she’ll be finished. “Hum Swish,” She doesn’t know, but continues to create. Finally someone arrives who understands the mind of an artist in residence, setting up her own palette, brushes and paint and doesn’t question or name Jamie’s miniature world in the sand. This beautiful book celebrates the child who loves to explore and discover using nature as her setting and props, drawing the characters from within herself, needing no input from others! That is how good storytellers are born.
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